SLP Grad Student’s Corner: Conquering the Dreaded Praxis Test

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by Jourdan Saunders, M.S., CCC-SLP;  Contributions by Dr. Carole Zangari and Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP

I.             Preparation before the Test

  •  Set a date that provides you with ample amount of time to develop a study calendar that is realistic.
  • Try not to OVER STUDY!!! What do I mean?  Break up your studying into different topics and for a set amount of time.  Also give yourself breaks and days off to rest your brain (Refer to Appendix A)
  • The day of the test do not forget to print out your admission ticket, be there early, bring two #2 pencils, maybe even an extra pencil (sometimes they do not have extra pencils) and dress warm (it can be very cool in a lot of the testing classrooms).
  • Tell yourself everyday that you are going to pass the test.
  • Determine your best studying setting (i.e. library, coffee shop, home) and learning style (i.e. visual, writing everything down, flashcards).
  • Do not be afraid to go back and use all of those great handouts and class notes that you accumulated over the years from all of your classes :)

II. Sample Questions

Sample Questions 1 and 2 in Appendix B were used from the following document retrieved from http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/pdf/0330.pdf

Some of the strategies presented below helped me when I was taking the Praxis test:

  • Try to eliminate any answers that are definitely not correct
  • Attempt to answer the question before looking at the choices provided.
  • Try to answer questions (especially case history questions) looking at the BIG picture, NOT based on one scenario that happened at your internship.
  • Do not change your answer once you marked it, UNLESS you are sure that you made an error!
  • You may not know every answer, but try to make an educated guess.

III. Resources

Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Articulation Assessment Tests from Mometrix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuS4YW0Do20

The 12 Cranial Nerves:  http://www.wisc-online.com/Objects/ViewObject.aspx?ID=AP11504

Praxis Tips: 

 

Apps:

Quotes:  Daily Inspiration and Wisdom with Lock

Screen Wallpapers: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quotes-daily-inspiration-wisdom/id458568213?mt=8

IV. Ideas for Studying

  • Writing down everything
  • Drawing diagrams
  • Songs and Mnemonic devices
  • Games with some of the content
  • Study groups
  •  Recording information and replaying
  • Talking about the information that you studied to a friend, parent, or peer

V.  Books that I Highly Recommend

There are so many great books when studying for the Praxis test and one book may be better for you than another.  The two that I love are:

-An Advanced Review of Speech-Language Pathology: Preparation for Praxis and Comprehensive Examination-Third Edition    by Celeste Roseberry McKibbin, M.N. Hegde  :  I think this is a good overview of topics that you will find covered on the Praxis test.

-Speech-Language Pathology Practice Test E-Book by ETS   http://store.ets.org/store/ets/en_US/pd/productID.228341700/categoryId.3552300 :  I think this provides some good sample test questions.

VI. Other Resources

Books:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Study Guide eBook by ETS
  • Mosby’s Review Questions for the Speech-Language Pathology PRAXIS Examination by Dennis M. Ruscello, PhD and Mosby
  • How to Prepare for the Praxis Exam in Speech-Language Pathology by Kay T. Payne

Websites:

PDF Documents

Podcasting:  Praxis SLP Exam.  http://slppodcasting.com/index.php?cat=PraxisSLPexam

Workshops

Happy Studying and Good Luck!“One thing I remember that helped me when taking the Praxis exam and it helps me even now (many years later!) is something one of my dear professors taught me, that we don’t treat disorders, we treat individuals.  As a graduate student, it’s easy to get bogged down and become anxious about not remembering all the specifics about this disorder or that syndrome, but if we’re given a case study scenario, for example, the syndrome or the disorder itself is not necessarily the determining factor for appropriate courses of action.  We must look at the symptoms that individual presents with and at their specific communication strengths and areas of breakdown in order to begin an effective treatment plan.” – Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP-

Featured Author:Jourdan Saunders and the Future SLPs Blog

Jourdan Saunders, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her Master’s degree at Loyola University in Maryland. She is currently a contract Speech Language Pathologist for EBS Healthcare. She has a gymnastics background of 23 years and is currently developing gymnastics programs for children with special needs.

Jourdan believes that speech creates a link to connect each individual in some unique way, our use of language is a major factor in defining us all as individuals. When interconnecting the two it creates a powerful force that can influence others in ways unimaginable. Her passion to help others is strong because speech and language are used everyday and she enjoys helping others achieve various goals to help them feel better about themselves and/or excel in life.

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